Nathaniel Hawthorne's Criticism Of Society

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Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel, The Scarlet Letter, is a brilliant and groundbreaking example of the severity of the 17th century Puritan society. This compelling novel tells the story of Hester Prynne, a young mother, who is publicly disgraced for for her sinful act of adultery and as a result giving birth to a girl by the name of Pearl. As a consequence of her sinful behavior, Hester Prynne is forced to wear a scarlet “A”. Throughout the book Hawthorne makes great use of symbolism to describe the similarity between the Puritans and humanity in general with their strict rules. This is indeed an ingenious work of literature by Hawthorne in which he subtly incorporates his criticism of his society. The Scarlet Letter is a book noteworthy for

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